UP, Ateneo improve in world rankings


Posted at Sep 16 2014 09:58 PM | Updated as of Sep 18 2014 01:23 AM

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MANILA, Philippines -- The University of the Philippines (UP) in Diliman and Ateneo de Manila University improved their standings in the 2014-2015 World University Rankings published Tuesday by education and career network Quacquarelli Symonds (QS).

UP hiked its overall ranking to 367th place from 380th in the 2013-14 list. Its best ranking was No. 262 in 2009.

Ateneo, meanwhile, improved to 461-470 this year from 500-550 in 2013-14. It ranked 360th in 2011.

On the other hand, De La Salle University (DLSU) and University of Sto. Tomas (UST) remained at the 650-and-below.

The Taft-based La Salle suffered a hit as it dropped to 651-700 this year from 601+ in 2013-14. UST remained idle at 701+.

The top 10 universities in the world this year, according to QS, are:

1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)
2. (tie) University of Cambridge (United Kingdom) and Imperial College London (United Kingdom)
4. Harvard University (United States)
5. (tie) University of Oxford (United Kingdom) and University College London (United Kingdom)
7. Stanford University (United States)
8. California Institute of Technology (United States)
9. Princeton University (United States)
10. Yale (United States)

The National University of Singapore, which placed 22nd overall, is the highest-ranked Asian institution, while the University of Hong Kong is in 28th place.

Among the trends cited by Quacquarelli Symonds in this year's world top universities report is the focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

"This is exemplified by table-topper Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and its fellow US STEM specialist California Institute of Technology (Caltech), which has gained two places this year," Quacquarelli Symonds said.

Quacquarelli Symonds said the primary aim of the rankings is to "help students make more informed comparisons between their international study options."

The rankings are compiled using six indicators: Academic reputation (40%); employer reputation (10%); faculty student ratio (20%); citations per faculty (20%); proportion of international students (5%); and proportion of international faculty (5%).